Progressive, real-world learning. Online.
Up to 1 year of part-time study.
The course is only available to students on a part-time basis
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Current Deakin Students
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
Our Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence equips you with an understanding of foundation epidemiology to inform public health decision-making, policy and practice. You will be immersed in the study of surveillance, investigation, prevention and control of public health events, and will learn about outbreak detection and response including contact tracing, as well as public health preparedness.
Ready to make a difference to the health of populations around the world?
The COVID-19 global health crisis has seen the demand for experienced health specialists grow significantly. The Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence explores public health from a holistic point of view, giving you the well-rounded skills, knowledge and practical experience to meet this demand and apply real-world solutions at a local and international scale.
Suitable for clinical and non-clinical health professionals, as well as graduates from other disciplines, the course equips you with crucial problem-solving and data analysis skills to provide epidemiology intelligence to health departments and decision makers. You’ll explore two key study areas that work together to give you the best possible grounding in the field.
At the heart of epidemiology is quantitative research. Epidemiology units will train you to find, evaluate and interpret the right data, allowing you to shape policy and practice with evidence-based insights.
Explore fundamental statistical concepts in a health context and build experience applying biostatistical techniques to health-related data. This expertise is essential when modelling data, testing hypotheses and analysing case-control studies.
You’ll be taught by highly experienced, internationally renowned experts, giving you unrivalled access to some of the world’s most innovative research, including the world-class COVID-19 research produced by Deakin’s Institute for Health Transformation. By drawing on the latest research, we can ensure the course is relevant, informed and reflective of the true nature of the industry.
As a qualified health professional working in the largest and fastest-growing industry in Australia, career opportunities will be diverse. From public health research roles to opportunities within international organisations such as the WHO and UNICEF – your job prospects will be varied and vast. Upon graduation, you’ll also have the option of continuing your studies. You can develop advanced skills and build even more industry experience by articulating into one of the following masters courses:
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Health Economics
- Master of Health Promotion
- Master of Health and Human Services Management
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence students must attain 4 credit points.
The course comprises 4 core units (these are compulsory). All core units will be offered in both campus and online (Cloud) mode.
- HSH744 Epidemiology 1
- HSH746 Biostatistics 1
- HSH754 Epidemiology 2
- HSH747 Biostatistics 2
All commencing Faculty of Health undergraduate and postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).
Recognition of Prior Learning can be granted depending on previous studies and professional experience.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
Should you wish to progress to a Master of Public Health, Master of Health Promotion, Master of Health Economics or Master of Health and Human Services Management as a graduate of this course, you will be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning.
Trimester 1 intake
Trimester 3 intake
2021 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood- Melbourne Campus
- Cloud (online)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Burwood Melbourne Campus
- Cloud (online)
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, workshops and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
The trimesters of the course require a part-time commitment, with a substantive load of required learning activities and study time. Although the course is designed for working health professionals, students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities per unit credit point.
See individual unit descriptions for full details.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability.
English language requirements
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
Entry requirements include:
- Bachelor Degree or higher OR
- two years relevant work experience OR
- evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Government subsidised short courses 2021
The Australian Government's Job-ready Graduates package is providing a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this course in 2021. It's your chance to upskill or retrain in an area of strong job growth for a fraction of the usual price.
A CSP is a place in a course where Deakin receives some funding from the Australian Government. This means you'll only need to contribute part of the cost of your course – this is referred to as the 'student contribution'. In addition, if you meet the eligibility criteria and would prefer to defer your student contribution, you can apply for HECS-HELP. HECS-HELP provides you with a loan to cover your student contribution.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking this course.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
How to apply
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
Students who have complete the Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence will be eligable to receive 4 units of credit and articulate to:
or receive 2 units of credit and articulate to the
Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
1800 693 888
Why choose Deakin
The worldwide demand for qualified health professionals is at an all-time high. Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence enables you to join organisations focused on solving a broad range of health issues, including cancer, reproductive health, obesity, food security, violence and HIV.
Some areas you’ll be prepared to work in include:
- health departments in all levels of government
- public health research roles in government, industry, universities and hospitals
- medical research in research institutes, universities, private business and hospitals
- international organisations such as the WHO, UNDP and UNICEF.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Collect, critically analyse and communicate epidemiological research and data to inform public health decision making
Analyse, synthesize, interpret and communicate epidemiological concepts and scientific evidence to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Use appropriate technologies to locate and analyse epidemiological data, and interpret and disseminate findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Demonstrate critical thinking to independently analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex epidemiological research data and evidence, to make high level and independent judgements to inform health service programs, policy and practice
Utilise epidemiological methods to interpret data, identify the determinants of disease and disease risk, and plan and evaluate public health interventions
Operate independently to understand epidemiological concepts, maintain self-awareness, and critically analyse bias and confounds to support expert judgement
Identify and reflect on effective teamwork skills and principles required to collaborate with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds